I suppose the ideal is that our elected officials should be picked from amongst our best and brightest. Thomas Jefferson was a polyglot, inventor, legal scholar (and rapist). Representative Rush Holt was the Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Of course, sometimes our best politicians are not geniuses. Often, it just takes a willing heart and solid disposition. But either way, politicians should demonstrate some level of excellence. Whether rabble rousers, story tellers, or grand compromisers, we should aspire for our elected officials to be the Best. To be Elite.
Given this general assumption about the ideal political candidates, I must posit a question: Where did Jack O’Connor get the idea that he should be mayor of Houston?
I don’t know.
One of his best entires so far: Restoring Courage
Do you remember Dwight Eisenhower? Many do not. He was the Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces liberating Europe from the Nazi Germany’s occupation. He was an American from the Midwest.
It was very nice of Jack O’Connor to let Gus, that third grade kid who is obsessed with World War II, post his language arts essay on Jack’s mayoral blog.
As the liberation gained momentum, the gruesome discoveries of the concentration camps unfolded where six million Jews were exterminated.
As any functioning adult with a complete education should know, the Jews were not the only victims of Nazi extermination. Gays, handicapped, Romani, and other targets of Nazi racism suffered in the concentration camps. Of course, we can’t expect Gus to know everything about World War II. He’s still learning and probably just mostly cares about the cool planes.
Those who survived the “Holocaust” were barely alive.
See, Gus is just learning about the Holocaust for the first time. This is all new to him. If anything, we should praise his intellectual curiosity about a such a pivotal historical event.
I cannot adequately describe the horrors inflicted on the Jews here,
Oh Gus, you’re not inflicting any horrors on me here.
but take note of Eisenhower’s comments and orders following the liberation of these death camps. “Record what we have found…..take pictures …film ….and document everything we have discovered. Someday people will not believe this ever happened”.
It is really great that Gus is taking this matter to heart at such a young age. It is easy to become cynical about world events and ignore contemporary horrors. Let’s hope that Gus doesn’t go down that path.
Today, leaders in the Middle East such as Iran’s Aberdinajuan deny the holocaust ever took place.
Cut Gus some slack for that atrocious spelling of Ahmadinejad. He’s in third grade and doesn’t know you can just look up the proper spelling.
The Arab and Muslim nations that surround Israel want to destroy and eliminate the only democracy and true friend of America in the entire region.
Again, he’s in third grade. He doesn’t know that Turkey is a democracy and an ally. Heck, once he reaches high school, Gus could probably write a paper about the unintended consequences of democratic elections in the Middle East.
Restoring Courage, an effort organized by the 912 Committee and inspired by Glenn Beck, has taken to road in a worldwide effort to bring truth and courage back to our nation and others in defense of our common heritage and commitment to Israel where Freedom, Responsibility, Human rights, and Justice are reality and not lip service.
Aw Gus! Come on, kid. You’re in third grade. You’re too young to get drawn into this sort of rodeo-clown pseudo-pundit nonsense. You don’t get that just because an adult writes something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should accept all of it. Learn some more so you can have a healthy skepticism towards political charlatans.
Even our President has wavered in the support of Israel which has emboldened its enemies. It is time to restore our courage and stand up to those who want to bring down Israel.
So young and naive. Reading something on some website and then swallowing it whole. Hopefully, Gus will get a good education and eventually learn to ask for facts or sources that back these claims about the President’s policy. Heck, with a proper education, Gus would learn that the Israeli people themselves are anything but uniform in their preferred policy, but you wouldn’t say that Israelis want to bring down the own country for opposing the Likud party.
Some of you may not know many Jews.
Oh Gus. I guess it is totally possible that you view we Jews as some exotic or rare group. After all, you’re only in third grade.
Besides sharing the Old Testament with us, their faith and culture has produced some of the finest individuals on earth whose contributions to science and the humanity have lessened the suffering of many.
One day Gus, when you’re older, you will learn about objectifying demographic groups. You will learn that Judaism’s attitude towards the Old Testament is very different than Christianity’s. But you’re only in third grade, so we should let this slide.
I know this as I grew up in New York where the Jewish population exceeded that of Israel.
Wait… grew up in New York. I mean, I guess in third grade sometimes you feel like you’ve already gone through a lot. But “grew up.” That’s more like something that a old businessman would say. And, uh… according to his bio, Jack O’Connor went to college in New York. Could it be that this third grade wide-eyed and naive, but noble attempt at a blog entry was actually a failed businessman’s pathetic regurgitation of platitudinal nonsense?
Their strong sense of family and conscience have had a very positive influence in the communities they live in.
Jack O’Connor apparently has not met my family.
There is something going very wrong with the abandonment of Israel by the west.
Join those who believe Israel needs our friendship and loyalty……..and have the courage to stand up to those who seek to exterminate the Jews.
Who seeks to exterminate the Jews? And who should we join? I, for one, recommend you join J Street, a pro-Israel pro-Peace PAC. So how about this little deal: Jack O’Connor will stop trying to insert himself into matters he does not understand and he will stop looking like he has the intellectual capacity of an elementary school student.